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Deadline: 2018-01-05
Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Postdoctoral positions Cosmology, Cape Town, South Africa




DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed from 5 January 2018.
Later applications may be considered until decisions are made.

The Centre for Radio Cosmology (CRC) at the University of the Western Cape is internationally recognized for its research on cosmology. CRC faculty are closely involved in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the South African SKA precursor MeerKAT and other telescopes such as HERA. There are currently 16 postdoctoral researchers, 9 PhD students and 9 MSc students in the group. (See for further details.) UWC is located in the beautiful city of Cape Town, with excellent cultural and outdoor activities.

We invite applications for up to two postdoctoral positions in cosmology from candidates keen to work in one or more of the following areas:

* HI intensity mapping with MeerKAT (data analysis – see for details)

* Cosmology with the SKA and its precursors (theory/simulations), including continuum, HI and synergies with other surveys.

The selected candidates will work more closely with Prof Mario Santos or Prof Roy Maartens, depending on the subject but will also be encouraged to collaborate with other faculty members (Prof Russ Taylor, Dr Ed Elson, visiting Profs Romeel Davé and Matt Jarvis). The group also has strong links with the South African SKA Project headquarters, the optical observatory SAAO, the University of Cape Town and The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) (all within less than 30 minutes from the University).

Applicants must hold a PhD by the anticipated start date and should preferably have obtained the degree less than five years ago. The appointment will be for 2+1 years. The nominal start date is September 2018, but other dates can be negotiated (earlier is preferred).

Applications consisting of a CV, publication list and a short statement of research interests, should be emailed to Applicants should arrange for a minimum of two letters of recommendation to be sent the same way. Applications received by 5 January 2018 will receive full consideration, although later applications may be considered. Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to the same email.

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